AOL to Release New Netscape Update in Early Summer

Tuesday March 30th, 2004

The Inquirer is reporting that America Online is to release a new version of the Netscape browser. The upgrade will be a "'point' release based on the latest Mozilla code" and "will be made available in the very early summer timeframe." Speculation that an update was in the works began last week, when the San Francisco Bay Area's Mercury News paraphrased an AOL spokeswoman as saying that "there will be future versions of Netscape that are essentially repackaged upgrades of Mozilla."

The confirmation that a new Netscape release is on the way does not indicate that AOL is planning to provide any further development or financial support to the Mozilla project. Indeed, no AOL employees are paid to work on Mozilla and we can expect this latest version to be even more similar to Mozilla than previous releases. The more intriguing question is what made AOL change its mind about shelving the veteran browser.

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by martrootamm

Saturday April 3rd, 2004 1:52 AM

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Developers must not shut out future versions of browsers and if they feel that a certain version of a browser does might not work well or so... There are developers that develop for future browsers and make everything platform-independent. Then there are developers that like to develop for specific browser versions and most caveats are there.

I'm one of those sometimes and I develop my stuff distincting Internet Explorer /disregarding all of its subversions, Netscape 4.00-4.05 /less priority, 4.06-4.08 /more priority, 4.5x-4.8 /a little less priority, Mozilla 1.0.x /less priority now, 1.1 (less priority, was the last one to support coloured checkboxen and radio buttons), 1.2.x (a little less priority, was the first one after 1.1 not to support coloured checkboxes and radio buttons), 1.3.x /began having slight rendering differences with forms compared to previous releases, 1.4.x /more priority, Mozilla Firefox /any version, K-Meleon /any version.

Interestingly, developers that like to distinct between versions of Netscape 6.x/7.x are those that don't take into consideration other Gecko-based products. If they want a same-looking interface everywhere, then I can only suggest that they rather make distinctions between Gecko versions where necessary and not concentrate on a specific browser product version (like Netscape 6.x/7.x) unless that specific [stable] browser product version is at fault.